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EIDER CHICKS AFLOAT IN SEAHOUSES HARBOUR
The eider is a remarkable species of duck. Quite apart from its propensity for producing eider down for eiderdowns, egg brooding and the early care of chicks is left entirely to the drab females (right). In our local case, this takes place exclusively on the Farne Islands: as soon as the whole brood is complete Mum leads a hazardous expedition onto the sea and navigates to coastal shallows, with Seahouses harbour a regular favourite. Dad (left) seems proud but isn't a lot of use at this stage.
Not yet at their best at the end of May our orchids (Dactylorhiza purpurella) on dunes and golf course foretell the arrival of summer. Thrift or sea pink (right) flourishes even closer to salt-laden cliffs and beaches.
BLUE-SKY EASTER WELCOME TO SEAHOUSES
AND THE FARNE ISLANDS
The Maundy Thursday start of the Easter celebrations, itself the beginning of the tourist season for many, was blessed with clear sunshine initially, albeit with a chilly breeze. Visitors were quick to explore the village shops and the harbour with its booking offices for Farne Island and diving or angling trips.
SEAHOUSES PORCELAIN MUGS
A new addition has been made to the range of Seahouses-specific goods on sale around the village. Elegant white porcelain mugs bear an imprint of a fully active harbour against a background of the grass slope and the actual 'sea houses' of Harbour Road and Crewe Street. Supplies are available from "Drift" at number 20 and "Polka Dot" opposite at 29 Main Street.
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL
FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price around £4.99 each.
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